FOOTBALL: Horncastle Town are denied by injury time strike

Horncastle Town's players celebrate Scott Lowman's goal at Skegness last Saturday
Horncastle Town's players celebrate Scott Lowman's goal at Skegness last Saturday

Horncastle Town boss Paul Johnson piled the praise on his players after they came within seconds of a stunning win at Skegness United on Saturday.

Town looked set to continue their winning start to the new Sills and Betteridge League season when they held a 2-1 lead going into the dying seconds

Early goals from Gareth Melia and Scott Lowman put them in front and they always looked comfortable, even though Skegness pulled one back.

With the match deep in stoppage time - and the referee looking at his watch - Skegness grabbed a last ditch equaliser.

Despite that agonising 
setback, Johnson said he 
was proud of Town’s performance.

He said: “We played really well and we controlled long periods of the game against a very good Skegness side.

“Obviously, we were disappointed not to take all three points but if you’d asked Skegness, they were the more relieved side at the final whistle.

“There were a lot of positives to build on and four points from six is not a bad way to start the season.”

Melia’s brilliant left foot strike gave Town the best possible start and they could have pulled further in front before Lowman made it 2-0 with a header after a good ball in by Olly Johnson.

With the back four of Lowman, Andrew Shinn, Steve Lovett and Steve Brown in commanding form, Skegness hardly had a look in.

Town could have increased their lead with likes of striker Michael Harness and Tony Edwards causing problems,.

Just before half time, Shinn’s through ball released Harness one-on-one with the ‘keeper but he couldn’t finish from a tight angle.

Town had chances in the second half with Harness working tirelessly while Carl Smith impressed in midfield.

As Town looked to press, the home ‘keeper pulled off a couple of good saves.

Skegness grabbed one back but Town ‘keeper Lewis Burchnall had a relatively quite afternoon - until the hosts struck with time running out.